Despite Obama's Failures, Hillary Clinton Vows Executive Action on Gun Control
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled she’s going all-out on a new push for gun controls Monday, driving distance between herself and top opponent Sen. Bernard Sanders even as she took aim at Republican critics in Congress, pronouncing the Benghazi probe a political sham designed to derail her campaign.
At back-to-back town hall meetings in New Hampshire, Mrs. Clinton vowed to do everything possible, including taking executive action if elected president, to impose new rules that she said would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people — a significant change from when she first ran for the White House.
“How many people have to die before we actually act, before we come together as a nation?” asked Mrs. Clinton at a community college in Manchester, which she said resembled the Oregon campus where a shooter killed nine people last week and reignited the gun control debate.
President Obama has been pushing tougher gun laws for years, but couldn’t overcome resistance from pro-Second Amendment lawmakers from both parties, who argue the measures would not stop criminals or madmen from obtaining firearms.
Mrs. Clinton called for expanded and stricter background checks, including prohibiting domestic abusers and stalkers from buying firearms, a ban on military-style weapons and a repeal of a 2005 law that she said grants firearms manufacturers and dealers “immunity” from lawsuits by victims of gun violence.
Another measure in her agenda was the closing of what she called the “Charleston loophole” that allows a firearm sale to proceed if the background check is not completed within three days. She named the loophole after Dylann Roof, who obtained a pistol that way and is accused in a shooting attack earlier this year that killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.